cathartic

[kuh-thahr-tik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to catharsis.
2.
Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
noun
3.
a purgative.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic

cathartically, adverb
catharticalness, noun
hypercathartic, adjective
noncathartic, adjective, noun
noncathartical, adjective
semicathartic, adjective
uncathartic, adjective


3. laxative, physic.
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cathartic (kəˈθɑːtɪk)
 
adj
1.  purgative
2.  effecting catharsis
 
n
3.  a purgative drug or agent
 
ca'thartically
 
adv

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cathartic
1612, of medicines, from L. catharticus, from Gk. kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1672.
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cathartic ca·thar·tic (kə-thär'tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative. n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

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